applaud the University of The Gambia (UTG) for partnership with Guizhou
University, one of the biggest universities in Mainland China with over 50
This is a welcoming gesture and if harnessed well and taken advantage of, The Gambia’s only national university UTG can benefit a lot from the MOU.
Established as Guizhou Institute of Higher Learning in 1902, the university consists of 39 colleges and offers programmes of study in 11 academic divisions leading to associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate in the following areas: Agriculture; Administration; Economics; Education; Engineering; History; Law; Liberal arts; Medicine; Philosophy and Sciences
Partnering with a university of this stature will help UTG to learn from and inculcate into the minds of Gambians the verse experience of the university and their culture
Guizhou University has established cooperative and exchanged relations with more than 50 universities and research institute from more than 20 countries and regions such as America, Australia, Britain, Germany, France, Canada and Indonesia among a host of countries. This should be an additional motivation to the UTG.
China has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and it is argued that this could not have come without the contribution of students who graduated from various universities including Guizhou University especially in the areas of Engineering and Agriculture.
These are key important sectors where UTG can seriously take note of and tap from the verse knowledge and the experience accorded to GU.
China continues to produce one of the best engineers who are immensely contributing to the GDP of the Chinese economy. They are flourishing in the technological evolution and partnering with Guizhou; could pave the way for Gambia to begin producing engineers in numbers.
The country is also one of the largest producers of rice which is a stable food for The Gambia. Agriculture therefore is another sector where UTG can learn from their counterparts. Use their methods to include in their curricula.
It is time for UTG to leave their comfort zone and began making cooperations with such world class universities for university students and the staff alike to gain the necessary experience that will help them to excel in the academic world and in their work places anywhere in the world.
“For me, it’s important to build good partnerships rather than score centuries. Once, you have those partnerships, you will also get centuries. ”
Mahendra Singh Dhoni